Solve Challenge Finals 2019

Apella | New York City

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Innovators from around the world traveled to New York City to pitch their solutions. If you were unable to attend, watch the pitch and plenary session videos below.

Watch the Opening Plenary: Bridging the SDG Innovation Gap

Watch the Closing Plenary: Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Click here to watch all the Solver and Finalist pitches

Solve Challenge Finals is the premier social impact pitch event during UN General Assembly week in New York City. During this event, 61 finalists in our 2019 Global Challenges will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience of 400+ leaders from the Solve community. The most promising 32 finalists will be selected to form the next Solver class, joining the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders—including Members such as Starbucks, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Save the Children—to pilot, scale, and implement their tech solutions. 

This year, there is over $1.5 million in prize funding available for selected Solver teams, and recipients of the following Challenge prizes, among others, will be announced:

  • The AI Innovations Prize supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Schmidt Futures
  • The GM Prize on Community-Driven Innovation and the GM Prize on Circular Economy
  • Innovation for Women Prize supported by the Vodafone Americas Foundation
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation Community-Driven Innovation Prize

If you’re interested in attending this premier social impact event—and joining the Solve community to partner with innovators who are solving Global Challenges—find out how you can become a Member of Solve, or reach out to us at

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Featured Speakers

Jesper Brodin

President and CEO, Ingka Group (IKEA)

Heather Clancy

Editorial Director, GreenBiz

Zaria Forman


D. Fox Harrell

Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence; Director, MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality, MIT

Monique Idlett

Founder and Managing Partner, Reign Ventures

Sara Menker

CEO, Gro Intelligence

M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.

CEO, Conservation International

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning, MIT

Fred Swaniker

Founder, African Leadership Group

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

US Business Editor, The Economist

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